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Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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the Big 4

the Big 4

Many accountants work for small firms or as individual practitioners, but the sector is dominated by four massive firms, who compete for the biggest contracts and operate globally. These firms are Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG, collectively they are named the Big 4. Working for a Big 4 firm means you'll be working with the biggest clients, in an enviroment which offers a variety of projects, helping you develop a rounded skillset. 

The Big 4 firms offer services across the full range of accountancy tasks, including taxation services, consulting and risk assessment. Each has hundreds of thousands of employees spread across the globe and offer numerous opportunities for advancement and a structured enviroment in which to build a career. The environment in a major accounting firm isn’t for everyone, working for a smaller firm will suit many people, especially those looking to specialise in a sector, or who want to build deeper relationships with a smaller set of clients.

Ultimately, every firm big or small has their own culture, learning about their strengths and weaknesses is the best route to picking the right one for your career.

Occupations in the Big 4
(sorted by Job Zone)

Accounting Technician

Prepares and provides financial records and information for both accountants and financial managers.

Accounts Administrator

Responsible for the daily processing of invoices and other financial transactions.

Accountant

Analyses financial information and prepares financial reports to determine or maintain a record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organisation.

Actuary

Uses mathematical and statistical methods to assess financial probabilities for projects found mainly in the insurance industry.

Auditor

An Auditor is a Professional Accountant who has undergone further post qualification training.

Business Analyst

Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.

Business Consultant

Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.

Financial Adviser

Advises people on how to get the most from their financial earnings and savings.

Fund Accountant

Prepares bank account reconciliation, deals with cash transfers, bonds and equity settlements.

Management Accountant

Management accountants provide business data and analysis to managers within organisations to assist in business decision-making and control

Tax Accountant

Maintains knowledge of tax code changes and of accounting procedures and theory to properly evaluate financial information. Makes tax returns on behalf of clients.

Taxation Consultant

Advises businesses and private individuals on taxation issues.